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Dec 20
Friday 5:30-8 pm

Holiday Candlelight & Sarah Rutledge Dinner

Category: Food and Beverage Events, Holiday/Christmas Events

Date: December 20, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The 12/20 event is sold out. Seats are still available for the event on 1/3.

Enjoy a candlelight visit to the Middleton Place House Museum and then stroll over to the Middleton Place Restaurant for dinner.  Guests will take a self-guided tour of the House Museum decorated for the holidays with guides stationed in each room. The menu at the Restaurant will include dishes inspired by Sarah Rutledge’s The Carolina Housewife, a cookbook published in 1847 that includes many recipes popular in the early 19th century. Come and enjoy a holiday evening meal in the company of Sarah Rutledge herself!

Call the Middleton Place Restaurant at 843-266-7477 for reservations.

Dinner reservations are available from 6 – 8 pm.
House Museum will be open for tours from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Please plan to arrive to tour the House Museum BEFORE your dinner reservation.

$55/person (includes self-guided house tour and prix fixe dinner)
*does not include gratuity or alcohol

 Copies of Sarah Rutledge’s The Carolina Housewife will be available for purchase at the event.


First Course- Choice of:
Mushroom Soup
Baked Oysters
Farmers Salad

Second Course- Choice of:
Veal Olives
Roasted Duck
Bass Cutlets

Third Course- Choice of:
Raspberry Charlotte
Apple Fritters

Be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions section below.


What is the difference between this event and Grand Illumination?
The Christmas Candlelight and Dinner is a self-guided House Museum tour and a 18th/19th century inspired prix fixe meal in the Middleton Place Restaurant. The sold-out Grand Illumination event is a 45-minute walking tour of the Gardens and House Museum with theatrical performances that concludes with a family-style dinner in the Pavilion.

Is this event handicapped accessible?
The House Museum has very limited handicapped accessibility on the first floor only. The Middleton Place Restaurant has wheelchair access through the kitchen upon request.

No photography is allowed in the House Museum.

All sales are final and the event will take place rain or shine.

Extend your visit with a stay at The Inn at Middleton Place.
Guests of special events at Middleton Place receive a 10% discount on their room rate.

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